Renault sparkles at Paris motor show with three concept car world premieres: Twingo, Koleos and Nepta

Twingo Concept

  • Previews production version of eagerly anticipated addition to Renault’s small car range which arrives in UK in RHD for first time in late 2007
  • Powered by new turbocharged 1.2 16V TCE (Turbo Control Efficiency) 100hp engine to appear in Clio, Modus and the Twingo replacement
  • Boasts a host of multimedia features and a high level of equipment

Koleos Concept

  • Previews Renault’s first mid-sized 4WD vehicle, due to arrive in UK in 2008
  • Designed by Renault designers working in collaboration with the Renault Samsung Motors Design Centre in Korea
  • Built on new four-wheel drive chassis and powered by 2.0 dCi engine, both developed within the framework of the Renault-Nissan Alliance


  • Elegant, sleek and luxurious four-seater cabriolet, powered by 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 engine producing 420hp

Renault chose the Paris Motor Show to unveil – in show car form – two of the 26 vehicles that will be launched within the framework of "Renault Commitment 2009". They are Twingo Concept, which foreshadows the successor to the current Twingo, and Koleos Concept which marks the expansion of the Renault line-up into the 4WD arena.

World premieres that illustrate the ambitious product plan announced within the framework of "Renault Commitment 2009"

The Twingo Concept foreshadows the forthcoming Twingo that will go on sale on the Continent from Spring 2007 and which focuses on youth trends, sport and music.

Powered by the new turbocharged 1.2 16V TCE (Turbo Control Efficiency) 100hp engine, Twingo Concept has a high multimedia content, including a centre console equipped for Apple i-Pod playback and Nokia Smartphone use, a mixing deck incorporated in the dashboard, a retractable, folding 15-inch screen and web cam, as well as computer functions that permit communication via the Internet.

The Paris Motor Show also saw Renault take the wraps off Koleos Concept. This show car heralds a rugged and sporty 4WD that is due to be rolled out in the first half of 2008. This vehicle is made for both wide-open spaces and city streets, built on a new four-wheel drive chassis and powered by a 2.0 dCi engine, both developed within the framework of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

An out-and-out styling exercise, the new Nepta concept car is a prestigious four-seater cabriolet featuring low-slung lines expressing elegance and movement, while its spacious, comfortable interior has all the hallmarks of a top-end model with performance worthy of a prestige touring car. Its motor-driven gull-wing doors open to reveal both the interior and engine compartment. Nepta is powered by a longitudinally-positioned 3.5-litre twin-turbo 420hp V6 petrol engine coupled with automatic seven-speed transmission and steering wheel-mounted flick-shift controls.

Twingo Concept – an innovative, sporty and stylish small car

Renault has chosen the 2006 Paris Motor Show to unveil Twingo Concept. Powered by the new turbocharged 1.2 16V TCE (Turbo Control Efficiency) 100 engine, the car also boasts a host of multimedia features and a high level of equipment.

At only 3.6 metres long, Twingo Concept appeals to customers who have a taste for both attractive, sporty city cars and new communication technologies. Its compact, squat shape and assertive styling give it plenty of character, while its sports pedigree is apparent in the design of its lively, expressive front end. The well proportioned bumper and motor sport inspired grille hint at the presence of a well-tuned engine and driving pleasure.

The shape of the indicators in the headlamp units echo the chequered flag-based graphics of the bodywork and which flow along the car's pearl-blue sides to subtly suggest speed. The foglamps are flanked by air intakes to cool the powerful disc brakes. Riding on 17-inch, dark chrome wheels picked out in Renault yellow, Twingo Concept communicates a punchy, dynamic feel. The profiled sills and wing extensions emphasise its sporty lines and athletic curves.

At the rear, the chromed twin exhaust tailpipe and air extractor take their inspiration from Clio Renaultsport 197, while the new Renault badge nestles on the wide hatch, the lower part of which is flanked by "high-tech" rear lights.

Underneath the short but stylish bonnet is the new TCE 100 petrol engine chosen to power Twingo Concept. This 1.2-litre turbocharged engine delivers maximum power of 100hp at 5,500rpm and maximum torque of 145Nm at 3,000rpm, while its exceptional efficiency combines response, power and environmental-friendliness. Twingo Concept’s low fuel consumption is equivalent to CO2 emissions of less than 140g/km – a remarkably low figure for such a powerful performer.

Twingo Concept’s sophisticated, young and high-tech cabin marks a stark contrast with its sporty exterior and takes occupants into a world of mobile sound. Its wide panoramic glass sunroof and two pillarless doors ensure a bright interior that brings out the qualities of its uncluttered, high-tech dashboard. The cabin’s simple and ergonomically effective ‘Touch Design’ approach is a statement in intuitive understanding.

Twingo Concept has found inspiration in youth culture and its love of music and freedom. The centre console features a USB port as well as sockets for devices like Apple's iPod and the Nokia Smartphone, with a mixing deck built into the dashboard, ideal for partying with friends.

The musical focus is also reflected in the highly visual graphics of the dashboard, the upper part of which features a pattern based on the graphic equalizer bars with which music-lovers are naturally familiar. It is evocative of the bass rhythms that will pound from the door-mounted speakers and contrasts with the matt finish of the lower part of the dashboard.

The central part of the dashboard has an analogue speedometer which sits above a 15-inch retractable, folding monitor which, for safety reasons, can only be deployed when the car is at a standstill. Behind this screen are all the functions of a computer that permit passengers to log on to the Internet, while a web cam is incorporated into the screen to remain in visual contact with the outside world.

In an assertion of personality and originality, Twingo Concept’s interior comes with its own "light show". With the car at rest and the multimedia mode activated, the cabin is bathed in a blue, high-tech glow. When the driver presses the start button and the engine kicks in, the dominant hue automatically shifts to Renault yellow to energize the cabin with a sportier feel.

Twingo Concept accommodates its four occupants in independent bucket seats with built-in headrests that provide first class comfort and support. The night-blue fabric of the upholstery contrasts with the sophisticated white of the seats' structure which echoes the cabin’s colour scheme by emitting shafts of yellow light. All seats have individual jack plugs so that each occupant can listen to his or her favourite music.

The small steering wheel with flattened lower section falls naturally to hand. It bristles with technology, including an array of controls for mobile systems, as well as a microphone for e-conferencing over a Bluetooth connection. The large, ergonomically designed rev-counter is located on the steering column in the driver’s line of sight. Its unique graphic design ensures optimal clarity.
Passengers can stow and chill cans of energy drinks in a purpose-designed compartment in the boot. Twingo Concept is a trendy car conceived for enjoying and sharing music. When the rear hatch is open, its built-in speakers face outwards so that when the DJ gets mixing on the deck the partying can continue well into the night.

Twingo Concept – Technical Characteristics

Overall length                         3,600mm
Width (excluding door mirrors) 1,727mm
Height                                   1,411mm

Petrol, four-cylinder 16-valve turbocharged engine
Maximum power: 100hp@ 5,500rpm
Six-speed manual gearbox

Multimedia equipment
Centre console incorporating USB, Apple iPod and Nokia Smartphone sockets
Mixing deck
Bluetooth internet access, webcam and microphone

TCE 100 – a new petrol engine engineered for driving pleasure
and low fuel consumption

The beginning of 2007 will see Renault release its new petrol 1.2-litre TCE 100 engine aimed at the A- and B-segment models of its range. Engineered for driving pleasure, it combines the fuel consumption of an engine of its size with the power of a 1.4-litre block and the torque of a 1.6-litre powerplant. Equipped with a low inertia turbo, it has been developed with a view to becoming the new benchmark in terms of performance and fuel consumption for its size. Its fuel consumption of just 48mpg and CO2 emissions of just 140g/km make it a particularly fuel efficient and environmentally-friendly engine in readiness for the anticipated upturn in interest in petrol engines when the Euro5 standard comes into effect.

A turbo and 16 valves for genuine punch

Renault will use this new engine – known as "TCE 100" – to power both Modus and Clio, as well as Twingo's replacement which is due in 2007.
Developed from the 1.2 16V 75hp block, it is equipped with a low inertia turbo that ensures minimal lag thanks to its small diameter turbine and compressor. Its maximum power of 100hp and peak torque of 145Nm are available at 5,500rpm and 3,000rpm respectively.

The combination of a low cubic capacity and a low inertia turbo ensures lively response from low revs, while maximum torque is available from low engine speeds and remains available across a broad rev-band. The turbocharger includes an "overpower" feature which temporarily boosts power output in 2nd, 3rd and 4th gears at engine speeds of more than 4,500rpm (5hp extra power and 6Nm extra torque).

Some 30 per cent of the TCE 100's components are new compared with the 75hp block. The new engine also benefits from several evolutions, notably sodium cooled valves for enhanced resistance to heat, oil jet-cooled pistons and optimised cylinder head cooling. The injectors, sparkplugs and coil are all specific to the TCE 100, while its sump is made from aluminium.

The four-into-one exhaust manifold has been carefully designed to optimise the flow of exhaust gases in order to maximise the delivery of energy to the turbine. Meanwhile, a tumble-effect movement of the air inside the cylinders favours combustion speed for enhanced chamber-filling efficiency and improved stability when idling.

A fuel efficient, environmentally-friendly engine

With a cubic capacity of 1,149cc, this small engine enables Modus and Clio to claim combined cycle fuel consumption of 48mpg, a figure to which its low idling speed of 650rpm contributes. With CO2 emissions homologated at 140g/km, the TCE 100 engine will also contribute to the "CAFE 2008" commitment made by Renault to achieve average CO2 emissions for its range of 140g/km by 2008. This engine is also a response to the anticipated revival in interest for petrol engines compared with small diesels when the Euro5 standard comes into effect in Europe.

The TCE 100 will be coupled to a manual five-speed gearbox and produced in Douvrin, France which has a weekly production capacity of 13,500 1.2-litre engines. Renault invested 80 million euros in its development.

TCE 100 engine – Technical Characteristics

Engine type


Cubic capacity (cc)


Bore x Stroke (mm)

69 x 76.8

Number of cylinders / valves

4 / 16

Compression ratio


Maximum power (hp)


at (rpm)


Maximum torque (Nm EEC)


at (rpm)


Maximum engine speed (rpm)


Injection type

Multi-point sequential

Idling engine speed


Emission standard


Koleos Concept – adventure every day 

Renault has chosen to unveil Koleos Concept at the 2006 Paris Motor Show. This show car foreshadows a 4WD vehicle that Renault is due to market in the first half of 2008. The Koleos Concept car asserts its claim to the rugged and sporty world of 4WDs and boasts a wide range of practical functions for both everyday use and leisure.

To ensure maximum off- and on-road comfort, Koleos Concept is built on a new four-wheel drive chassis and is powered by a 2.0 dCi engine, both of which have been developed within the framework of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. This 4WD is totally in its element in any conditions and is sure to deliver genuine pleasure to its occupants whatever the road surface.

A 4WD with dynamic lines

Unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, the Koleos Concept show car foreshadows the shape of Renault’s future 4WD and was penned by Renault designers working in collaboration with the Renault Samsung Motors Design Centre in Korea. The grey-blue body colour emphasises the high-tech feel of its volumes. The front end features LED headlamps, with additional lights and indicators housed in the door mirrors.

Koleos Concept features dynamic proportions. The strip between the body sides and the roof reinforces the stance of the car. The glazed roof panel is topped by profiled aluminium roof bars, while the chunky wheel arches house 19-inch aluminium alloy wheels fitted with "concept pattern" tyres. The 200mm ground clearance and front and rear aluminium protective skidplates confirm that this is a car built for adventure. The steeply raked rear window further emphasises Koleos Concept’s dynamic feel. The design of the vehicle’s rear asserts its identity in a long sweep that runs from the base of the rear screen and through to the centre of the hatch. This smoothly curved, glossy black section houses the Renault badge. Hinting at the vehicle’s dynamic powertrain, a twin exhaust tailpipe is incorporated into the rear bumper.

Technology and travelling comfort

The aluminium door sill extensions which deploy when the doors are open facilitate ingress. On settling into the cabin, occupants discover a sporty interior, all in a two-tone colour scheme. The four independent seats, upholstered in beige leather, have been optimized to free up space for occupants and their luggage.

On the dashboard, the speedometer features LED backlighting. The centre console is made from a transparent material and contains the individual controls for the climate control system.

A long list of equipment is included to enhance travelling comfort. The central part of the dashboard is given over to the navigation system, multimedia applications and specific data useful for all-terrain motoring such as atmospheric pressure, compass bearings, altitude and gradient. All of this information is displayed so that all the cabin occupants can read it easily. Controls are both intuitive and ergonomically designed – in keeping with the ‘Touch Design’ philosophy developed by Renault. The cabin is brightly lit thanks to the panoramic glass roof panel.

Koleos Concept offers all the comfort and roominess of a modern urban car. Ample headroom and shoulder room enable Koleos Concept to seat four adults, whatever their physique. The numerous stowage compartments in the cabin take their cue from the world of MPVs and extend from those in the floor, to under-seat drawers and the centre console cubby, not to mention the door bins.

A vehicle that is ready for wide-open spaces

Koleos Concept offers a full range of practical features for everyday and leisure use. The split-opening tailgate makes the vehicle easy to load and easy to access in cramped parking spaces. The lower part of the hatch is designed to enable two people to sit comfortably for picnics or for open-air activities during holidays or weekend excursions.

The chassis comes with all the features of an all-terrain vehicle making it ideally suited to this kind of leisure use. Developed within the framework of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, this brand new chassis has drawn on the all-wheel drive expertise of our Japanese partner.
Whether running in two-wheel or four-wheel drive mode, it guarantees flawless traction and roadholding thanks to an electronically controlled active coupler which distributes torque to the wheels as a function of the level of grip available under each one.

Koleos Concept also boasts a wide range of driver aids. Some are designed for day-to-day motoring, like ABS, Emergency Brake Assist and ESP, while others are valuable all-terrain functions such as Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Hill Start Assist (HSA).

Koleos Concept is powered by an engine which is just at home on city streets and motorways as it is over rough tracks where grip is at a premium. Its 2.0 dCi engine employs state-of-the-art diesel engine technology including piezo-electric injectors, 1,600-bar common rail injection and a variable geometry turbocharger. To minimise polluting emissions, the 2.0 dCi is equipped with a periodic regeneration particulate filter, which operates without additives. It drives through a six-speed manual gearbox that gives Koleos Concept touring car level driving pleasure.

Koleos Concept – Technical Characteristics

Overall length                         4,520mm
Width (excluding door mirrors) 1,890mm
Height                                   1,700mm

Four-cylinder 2.0-litre 16-valve turbocharged diesel engine with particulate filter, Euro4-compliant
Maximum power: 130kW/180hp
Six-speed manual gearbox

Four-wheel drive, transversely-positioned front-mounted engine
Electronic traction control as a function of available grip (front/rear split from 0 to 100 per cent)
19-inch wheels
Hankook 255/50 R19 tyres



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